most companies, a summer picnic and a holiday party are on the "must" list for yearly celebrations. They're a time to get together outside of work to mingle and relax—and a time for the company to express appreciation to their employees. We, at Baudville, agree that they're essential pieces of a recognition program.
But, is this enough? Are these the moments when your team members are enjoying real kinship? If you want to get an accurate read on how harmonious your culture actually is, look around at what your team members are doing on their own. With each other.
Do they lunch together? Celebrate personal milestones together? Get together outside of work? Do they come together in support of one-another?
If they do, that means they don't feel like they have to wait until the company tells them it's time to do something—they just do it. And that's a good thing. Because they feel empowered, for one. But also because they feel in tune with each other.
If this isn't happening, you can't force it. But, you and your department heads can facilitate it by setting your own example. Like scheduling a group meeting—with no agenda—just to shoot the breeze.
Or, when the next birthday comes up, organizing a mini party. Does someone need a pick-me-up? Try rallying your team members to spread some sunshine. Eventually, these activities will become the norm. Or, even a tradition.
YOU MIGHT NOT REMEMBER HOW IT STARTED, BUT YOU'LL KNOW IT'S JUST WHAT YOU DO.
Encouraging togetherness starts at the top. As a leader, set an example by organizing little gatherings or celebrations with your team...eventually, they'll take it from there!
Our People are Talking
"I've developed strong friendships with a circle of co-workers and it's the good times we have together that has transformed work from ordinary to extraordinary!"
-Christopher, Marketing Analyst at Baudville